So I said I was going to make a tutorial, and so I am.
My Regency turban was made for the Historical Sew Fortnightly Challenge: Yellow.
I had issues with this challenge, because like many I don't really like yellow. But I do like plaid, so when I found a not horrible yellow plaid, I figured a turban would build my wardrobe, not take too long, and be something I could actually wear.
|Not horrible yellow|
|Found on Historical Sewing|
|Ekaterina Karamzina Benner, by Jean Henri Benner|
|American Evening Turban, 1823, cotton. MET|
I tried playing around with my fabric to find a way that would work for me, and I couldn't. The plaid was too loud with nothing to offset it. I continued searching, hoping to find something that would allow me to make a yellow plaid turban, when I discovered this:
I had a half yard of 54 inch wide burgundy linen to serve as the body of the turban cap. At first I played around with a fully fabric cap,
|Don't look at the camera. Look anywhere but the camera.|
Next came the plaid bit. I had some cotton quilt batting on hand, so I rolled up a log of it about 2 inches in diameter and long enough to fit around the cap.
|Loosely rolled batting|
|Looking closely you can see little hand stitches along the top edge.|
and inserted into the plaid tube
Then some burgundy tassel trim was added where the crown met the brim
|I wanted it to peek out like this, but I didn't secure the roll far enough back so the tassel trim became completely hidden. Oh well.|
|Trying to let the tassel trim show|
|My needle literally snapped between my fingers as I was trying to maneuver it.|
|The bottom of the plaid strip where it extended past the batting was gently knotted, stitched to secure it, and the ends were hemmed. I wanted to have them hang down my back with tassels on the very ends for extra flair.|
I finally decided on folding the linen tube in half and braiding it with the two cords. That was tacked on repeatedly until I was happy with the style.
Sorry the pictures are all over, I'm not good at this.
The braid had its center point tacked over the plaid roll, with each end wrapping under the fabric at the back of the head and the ends over each other just behind the plaid roll. This was stitched down here and there, wherever I thought it was necessary (generally wherever I had pinned it during the trying on stage).
|Sewing in progress|
|And stitches nicely hidden. The braid is only stitched to the fabric, not to the structure underneath, to keep it relaxed looking.|
|The ends of the braid, stitched down on top of one another.|
|Please ignore the box of Cheez-its and the raccoon piggy back in the background.|
After this more trim was acquired, this time an inch wide yellow upholstery trim. This stitched onto the brim.
Blurry stitching photo, but you get the idea. The knot gives a nice secure point to stitch around, so I don't have to worry about the cord unravelling.
Brown piping was added around the brim edge, stitched carefully to prevent the thread from showing on the right side.
|The strands sink into the cap, to give the appearance of wrapping.|
|I think maybe the moon should be pointing the other direction, but I'm too lazy to change it.|
I didn't really use a pattern for this cap, and I'm not certain of the period accuracy, but it hides my anachronistic hair and I'm happy with it.
For other tutorials that I used to help me (and that you may want to refer to if I was unclear) Festive Attyre did an excellent post on making hers, and Lynn McMasters has a guide to making the padded roll on the turban.
So there you go, a brick of text and photos. Hope it's helpful!